The Saint and the Socialist
All revolutions are spiritual at the source. All my activities have the sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts.
Salvation will not come from the legislators. Salvation will not come from the military. If there is any salvation, it will come from the people.
It would be hard to imagine two people less alike than the two who, next to Gandhi, have done most to mold the Gandhian movement of India today.
Vinoba Bhave (pronounced Bah-vay) was known as Gandhi's spiritual heir. He was considered a saint in the Hindu tradition, even by many of his critics.
Jayaprakash Narayan -- commonly called JP -- was considered Gandhi's political heir by many Gandhians. He was most like a Western intellectual in thought and style.
Vinoba was known for his serenity. JP was a man of stonefaced exterior but turbulent emotions.
Vinoba preferred solitude. JP thrived on action in the field.
But some characteristics were common to both: great compassion, selfless dedication, and relentless energy.
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Publication information: Book title: Gandhi Today:The Story of Mahatma Gandhi's Successors. Contributors: Mark Shepard - Author. Publisher: Seven Locks Press. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1987. Page number: 11.
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